International Conference on Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences for Carbon Neutrality (ICE3SCN)

The “International Conference on Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences for Carbon Neutrality (ICE3SCN) 2023” has concluded with great success!

Hosted by the Faculty of Science between 1 - 5 December 2023 in celebration of its 60th Anniversary and the establishment of the new Earth and Environmental Sciences Programme, ICE3SCN brought together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students to engage in meaningful discussions on sustainable development and carbon neutrality. With an impressive line-up of plenary and keynote speakers, invited lectures, and engaging poster presentations from over 70 presenters from around the world, ICE3SCN provided a platform for the exchange of ideas and the exploration of innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

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Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture –
Professor Arieh WARSHEL

The Faculty was delighted to have Professor Arieh WARSHEL, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2013), to deliver a lecture entitled “From Kibbutz Fish Ponds to The Nobel Prize” for the Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture Series on 3 November 2023. Professor Warshel is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at University of Southern California, Distinguished Professor and Director of Warshel Institute for Computational Biology at CUHK(SZ). This visit serves as a collaboration between CUHK 60th anniversary celebration and CUHK(SZ) 10th anniversary celebration, symbolizing the close partnership between the two institutions.

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Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture –
Professor LEE Ka Yee Christina

The Faculty was honoured to host a Distinguished Science Lecture on 8 December 2023 delivered by Professor LEE Ka Yee Christina, Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives of the University of Chicago and the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry. The lecture, entitled “Lipid-Protein Interactions at Membrane Surfaces: From α-Synuclein to Immunological Response”, explored the crucial role of the cell membrane in interactions with the cell's environment.

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Dreamweavers – Alumni Scientist Public Lectures

The Faculty hosted “Dreamweavers – Alumni Scientist Public Lectures” on 18 November and 9 December 2023, and invite our outstanding alumni working in different fields to return to their alma mater, and share their rich and varied careers as well as achievements with the audience.

In the two public lectures, the audience not only learned about scientific knowledge about women's health, eye diseases, and nutritional science, but also gained a deeper understanding of biodegradable materials and materials chemistry. During the lectures, the speakers demonstrated different live experiments, enriching the audience's understanding and interest in science.

Through the public lecture series, CUHK Science has showcased to the public the achievements and rich and diverse careers of Science alumni, and hopes that everyone can pursue their dreams on the road of science and achieve outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

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Under the Stars – A Night at CUHK Science

On 21 October 2023, the Faculty held a special night time popular science activity as part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations for astronomy enthusiasts entitled “Under the Stars – A Night at CUHK Science”. With the help of Professor CHU Ming Chung from the Department of Physics, the Faculty welcomed more than 250 members of audience at this event, and all enjoyed a guided screening of an astronomy video, followed by a very lively Q&A session. The Faculty wishes to express our gratitude to Professor Chu’s contributions, and for the staunch support from our audience. We look forward to sharing more scientific knowledge at upcoming popular science events.

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Besides the aforementioned activities held as part of the Faculty’s Diamond Jubilee, the Faculty was pleased to have hosted a number of different events throughout 2023 as part of the celebrations of this major milestone. For more about CUHK Science 60th Anniversary, please visit HERE.

Four Science Faculty Spin-out TSSSU Companies Showcased at CUHK Innovation Day 2023

CUHK Innovation Day 2023 was held successfully on 21 September 2023. The event shed light on CUHK’s outstanding startup projects in promoting research and innovation in Hong Kong. The officiating guests at the opening ceremony – including Mr. LEE Kwok Bun Ivan, JP, the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government – visited the booth of OriGene DNA Testing Co., Ltd., a Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU) start-up company founded by Prof. SHAW Pang Chui of the School of Life Sciences. There were three other Science Faculty spin-out TSSSU companies showcased at Innovation Day this year, including:

OriGene DNA Testing Co., Ltd –
Prof. SHAW Pang Chui
(School of Life Sciences)

Rare Power Limited –
Prof. Edwin CHAN
(School of Life Sciences)

O-Spheres Limited –
Prof. NGAI To
(Department of Chemistry)

EvanSense Limited –
Prof. Daniel ONG
(Department of Physics)

The Elevator Pitch Competition was held once again this year. TSSSU-funded companies delivered two-minute pitches introducing business ideas and innovative solutions in a bid to impress prospective investors. Congratulations to EvanSense Limited on winning 2nd Runner-up in the competition!

Honours & Awards

PhD Student in Chemistry Receiving Third Prize in the 18th “Challenge Cup” National Undergraduate Curricular Academic Science and Technology Works

Ms. CHONG Hio Lam, a PhD Year 1 student in Chemistry received the Third Prize in the 18th “Challenge Cup” National Undergraduate Curricular Academic Science and Technology Works at Guizhou University in late October. As a biennial national competition, the Challenge Cup is known as the ‘Olympics’ in promoting innovation in social science, science and technology for university students in China. Ms. Chong's project, “From Packaging Materials to Meals: the potential of bacterial cellulose as sustainable food packaging” developed transparent, flexible, biodegradable plastics-like bacterial cellulose (BC) films via innovative modifications, as an alternative to polymer-based plastics, helping to contribute to a greener way of living.

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EASC MPhil Student Won the 1st place of Excellent Master Dissertation Award 2023

Bowie CHAN, a MPhil student in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has achieved an outstanding accomplishment by winning the 1st place in the Excellent Master Dissertation Award presented by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Hong Kong Chapter. Under the guidance of Professor YANG Hongfeng, her research primarily focuses on employing numerical modeling techniques and integrating constraints from interseismic locking models. The aim of her study is to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the hypocentre location influences potential future rupture scenarios in the Cascadia subduction zone.

EASC PhD Student Elected as the Recipient of the Prestigious 2023 Outstanding Students Award

Aqeel ABBAS, a PhD student in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has received the esteemed 2023 Outstanding Students Award in the category of Social Service: Serving the CU Community. The award, established in 2018, acknowledges exceptional students at CUHK who exhibit outstanding qualities and make significant contributions in various domains, including Innovation and Invention, Sports, Arts, Social Service, and Special Achievement. Aqeel's notable dedication and remarkable impact on the CU community have earned him this prestigious recognition.

Alumni reaped two medals at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China

It is a happy and proud moment for alumna Tiffany YUE (right, seen next to Professor SONG Chunshan, Dean of Science; BSc in Food and Nutritional Sciences, 2022) as she visited the Faculty of Science after winning the Women’s Long Jump bronze medal at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and bringing home the Hong Kong, China, team’s first-ever field event medal from the Asian Games. Tiffany has always been challenging herself to continuously improve her results, and in one particular year, she even managed to break the Hong Kong women’s long jump record eight times. Her performance at the Asian Games not only brought home a medal and great honour, but she once again bested her personal record, despite her injury.

Apart from Tiffany, our alumni HO Hoi Tung (Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science, 2014) and MAK Kwok Fai (MSc in Mathematics, 2011) also won the Bridge (Men’s Team) gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games. The Faculty will continue to cheer them on in their future endeavours. Congratulations again!

Chemistry Alumnus Professor Timothy TAM Puts CUHK Motto into Action

Chemistry alumnus Professor Timothy TAM is not only dedicated to the development of the Chinese Medicine industry in improving their manufacturing facilities and obtaining international certification. He is also devoted to giving back to his alma mater and nurturing the younger generation by serving as President of The Education Foundation of the Federation of the Alumni Associations of the CUHK (CUHKFAA Education Foundation). Recently, he was invited to sit for an interview to share his vision of education, and how CUHK’s motto of “Through learning and temperance to virtue” is manifested through the education at the schools organised by the CUHKFAA Education Foundation. Having made so many contributions to the pharmaceutical industry and a devotion to education, it is no wonder that Professor Tam was one of the recipients of the inaugural Alumni Achievement Award by the Faculty of Science!

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Earth System Science Alumnus Awarded the Earth and Planetary Physics Publication Most Frequency Cited Award 2023

Jeremy WONG, our alumnus of Earth System Science Programme, was awarded the Earth and Planetary Physics publication most frequently cited award 2023 on his paper published with Professor YANG Hongfeng during his undergraduate study.

Statistics Alumnus Dr. SHEN Guohao Received the Itarle Scholarship 2021/22

Statistics alumnus Dr. SHEN Guohao (currently an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), who was supervised by Professor LIN Yuanyuan, was awarded the Itarle Scholarship 2021/22. Itarle is a sponsor of PhD awards at CUHK, and the Faculties of Business Administration, Engineering, and Science each select the student from the respective faculty who presented the most outstanding thesis to win the award. An internship at Itarle (Hong Kong) is offered to each prize winner.

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CUHK Information Day for Undergraduate Admissions 2023

On 21 October 2023, tens of thousands of prospective undergraduate students, parents, teachers, and friends gathered at CUHK for the annual CUHK Information Day for Undergraduate Admissions. The Faculty of Science of course participated in this great event, and we were delighted to have met many promising prospective students at the various talks and activities offered by our programmes.

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Doctoral and Master's Degrees Graduation Ceremony 2022-2023

The Faculty is both immensely proud and happy that another cohort of Science students have graduated and become Science alumni! At the Doctoral and Master’s Degrees Graduation Ceremony 2022-2023 at the Faculty of Science on 10 November 2023, our Faculty was honoured to have Prof. POON Wai Yin Isabella serve as our Guest of Honour, sharing her four-decade experience at CUHK – first as a student, then as a faculty member who has served at the department-, faculty-, and university-level positions. We hope that our alumni will keep in mind Professor Poon’s sharing about “constrained optimization” and planning as you embark on new phases in your life, and may each step be taken with care and confidence towards success.

Congratulations again to all graduates!

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CUHK Alumni Homecoming 2023

The Faculty was delighted to welcome over thousands of alumni and visitors at CUHK Alumni Homecoming on 2 December 2023. The Science Faculty Office, Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics and their respective alumni associations, hosted carnival booths at University Mall to engage with alumni and their family. Though the family-friendly games and interactions with CUHK Science members, the crowd enjoyed the fun in Science and also created fond memories on campus. Both Departments and their alumni association also hosted tea receptions on the same day to greet alumni across generations and get acquainted with each other.

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Popular Science Special Lecture Series: How Nobel Prizes Are Won

The Popular Science Special Lecture Series “How Nobel Prizes Are Won” was held on 8 December 2023 to introduce scientific knowledge behind some of the world’s most prestigious prizes in science.

Dr. Alex KOON from the School of Life Sciences introduced the role of Pseudouridine (Ψ) in the human immune system crucial to the development of effective mRNA vaccines in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. LAI Yu Hang from the Department of Physics provided an overview of the scientific principles and applications of attosecond pulses. Professor Steve TSE from the Department of Chemistry explored the discovery and science behind quantum dots, and illuminated its significance in modern science and everyday life. Through this special lecture, the Faculty hopes to give the general public a better understanding of the science principles behind this year’s Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, Physics as well as Chemistry, and inspire more young people to become interested in the sciences.

The 1st Greater Bay Earth & Environmental Sciences Young Scholars Symposium

The 1st Greater Bay Earth & Environmental Sciences Young Scholars Symposium, organised by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Programme, was successfully launched on 30 November 2023. The one-day event attracted over fifty attendees from seven universities and institutes in the Greater Bay area, including Sun Yat-sen University, Southern University of Science and Technology, Institute of South China Sea of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in addition to The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The symposium featured 23 oral presentations and 13 posters covering a wide range of topics, including ocean, atmosphere & soil, structural geology, volcano, seismology, geodetic, laboratory rock friction experiments, and so on. The event provided a platform for multidisciplinary collaboration and mutual promotion of young scholars. Three best-oral presentations and two best-poster presentations were awarded to recognise the excellence of the presenters.